Unlike books currently on the market, this book attempts to satisfy two goals: combine circuits and electronics into a single, unified treatment, and establish a strong connection with the contemporary world of digital systems. It will introduce a new way of looking not only at the treatment of circuits, but also at the treatment of introductory coursework in engineering in general.
Using the concept of ”abstraction,” the book attempts to form a bridge between the world of physics and the world of large computer systems. In particular, it attempts to unify electrical engineering and computer science as the art of creating and exploiting successive abstractions to manage the complexity of building useful electrical systems. Computer systems are simply one type of electrical systems.
+Balances circuits theory with practical digital electronics applications.
+Illustrates concepts with real devices.
+Supports the popular circuits and electronics course on the MIT OpenCourse Ware from which professionals worldwide study this new approach.
+Written by two educators well known for their innovative teaching and research and their collaboration with industry.
+Focuses on contemporary MOS technology.
- Book is used for UCSB’s introductory EE courses. I don’t know if this is the case for all versions of the book, but the version I received was terrible. There is overall a lack of example problems in the book (with explanations etc). The explanations for some parts is very unclear. THE worst part of the book is that it sometimes refers to diagrams/pictures/tables that were shown 5 pages before. This means you have to flip back and forth between those pages to get the full context of what the book is talking about. If there is an alternative to this book that still follows your course, look for it…
- This review applies to the Kindle edition. For content I’d give the book 5 stars; for device compatibility 2 stars; and for reading experience on Kindle devices and apps 1 star.
The book is well written and provides thorough and understandable explanations of the concepts presented. To completely follow some of the explanations and work some of the problems the reader should have college level calculus and linear equations.
Amazon lists a number of Kindle devices that will work with this book, but that includes the 7″ Kindle Fires, and while it might technically display the book, remember this is a “print replica” book – the text does not flow to the screen size. Even in landscape mode you’ll be zooming and horizontal panning constantly. In reality this is only usable on 9″ devices and the laptop/desktop apps.
The book is a “print replica” – really just a PDF of the printed book. Some of the Kindle reader functions don’t work (e.g. font size) and the text does not flow to the screen width. The book has many figures in the margin areas. The figures are not linked from their reference and can be one or more pages before or after their reference in the body. Of course once you find the figure you may have to go back and forth between the figure and the body text as the explanation progresses. The overall experience of studying from the Kindle edition is one of frustration and inconvenience.
- I took an online course through MIT on circuit analysis because it is a hobby of mine (I’m an engineer/full time nerd). The professor who taught the class wrote this book. The guy was very knowledgeable and funny. I had the eBook version of this but I can’t stand reading eBook’s for Textbooks. I bought this and have really enjoyed the knowledge gained from it. It teaches you about how circuits really work in the real world and what happens at failure etc. When I took physics in college it was all theoretical which is necessary but isn’t as useful when building your own circuits. This touches on the theoretical backgrounds of the theories and then gets into what it actually means and does. It teaches you about the differences in analog and digital (I really enjoyed the section about digital signals). I recommend this book to hobbyists and academics alike. I initially bought a physics textbook to help me with my circuit design but it lacked in material. This was perfect and I still use it.
- Many have aspired, but few have succeeded providing a truly top-notch introduction to circuits. Agarwal and Lang, of MIT, hit a home run with this comprehensive introduction, tailor-made for students. The text links theory to everyday applications. So often in college level texts, authors dwell on theory but leave the reader starved for applications. How can I apply this stuff? Why do I need it? These questions are answered in “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.”
The book clearly and concisely educates the reader not only in circuits, but in application of circuit theory to electronics, both analog and digital. The book is complete with solved exercises and answers to select chapter problems. I just can’t praise this book enough.
One word of caution. There are substandard prints of this book available from sellers outside Amazon. I bought a second copy for a friend thinking it was an original run from the publisher. It wasn’t in color, had publisher’s pages missing from the front, had a couple pages stuck together, and didn’t meet the high standards of binding from the publisher. I suggest you ask before you buy used copies from sellers other than Amazon.
Please hit the “I’d like to read this book on Kindle” button, if appropriate. There is a PDF version available from a competitor, but their e-reader required for download has received terrible reviews (crashes, poor performance, no book mark, etc.). It’s the same price as the hard copy from Amazon.
- The authors do a great job of explaining the foundational physics of why devices do what they do and then layering on the math. The book has some other shortcomings that I didn’t like. But, as a beginner, I found myself getting lost in the math. There would be pages and pages of differential equations and I just couldn’t bring myself to try to keep up with it all. And all that math becomes obsolete when the impedance method is explained. It’s good to understand the foundations, but that’s not what I was hoping to get from the book. I know the book isn’t geared towards me, but I wanted to mention it just for anyone thinking of starting the MIT OpenCourseware in hopes of learning more about electronics than a basic robotics kit will teach you. If you’re like me or want some basics before getting into this book, go to [link in comments]. It’s a great site that’ll teach the fundamentals you’re looking for.
What really affected my review was that the book didn’t seem to be organized very well, relying on a lot of work from the reader. Certain sections of the book, and later on figures referred to in the text, aren’t included in the book; they’re online. And many times the writer talks about a figure several pages or chapters away. And it’s not just a mention, it’s something that may or may not be important and you can’t follow it unless you remember every little detail of the figure or finally give up and go find it.